“I didn’t think we were going to get it after the first half,” Fossett said. “There were really no adjustments to make at halftime. It was just a matter of playing and doing their jobs and following their responsibilities. We made that adjustment at halftime and gave them a wake up call. We put it on their shoulders after the half and we came out and played. We gave up 35 penalty yards on the first drive that was stupidity and we have to fix that. It is something that is fixable; it is discipline on the field. If we fix that we may pitched a shut out and go on to bigger and better things. The first half and the second half was like night and day.”
The B.B. Comer Tigers got a lot of help from Childersburg penalties in their first drive of the game. Childersburg gave Comer three of their four first downs on the drive.
A couple of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties gave B.B Comer the football at the Childersburg 31 yard line. The home team turned to their ground-and-pound duo of Caleb Duffee and Daniel Caldwell to march down the field.
After a Duffee 3-yard run, Caldwell took back-to-back carries, 7 and 4 yards, to get down to the Childersburg 17 yard line. Childersburg committed its third penalty of the drive a few plays later on a third and four from the 13 yard line to set up first–and-goal from the 10 yard line. Comer capitalized on the Childersburg mistake a few plays later when Trey Holmes connected with a wide open Trey Ragland for an 8-yard touchdown. The PAT attempt was no good.
Childersburg didn’t take long to respond. The visiting Tigers put a 59-yard drive together for a touchdown. The key play of the drive came on a 35-yard reception from Zach Lightsey to Lagrayius Bradley to the B.B. Comer 5 yard line. The duo hooked up again a few plays later when Lightsey found Bradley streaking across the middle of the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed to make it 6-6 with 11:17 left in the first half.
“He is a playmaker,” Fossett said. “Coming out of spring, we knew we were going to move him around and do some different things. He was comfortable with that and accepted that role. Honestly, coming into summer we were looking at him playing a lot more defense and he came through offensively. He had done a good job for us. He was at the right place at the right time, doing the right things and running the right routes. Things came together for him.”
Comer had a chance to go up a touchdown after a Childersburg fumble on the quarterback-center exchange at the Comer 8 yard line late in the first half. The home team gave the football right back a few plays later at the Childersburg 5 yard line on a fumble.
After two three-and-outs to open the second half, Childersburg’s defense forced B.B. Comer’s Tyler Jackson to cough up the football at their own 23 yard line. After gaining minimum yardage the first three plays, Frank Wilkerson broke a couple of tackles and sprinted down the left side line for a 21 yard touchdown run. Lightsey connected with Hunter McCain for the two-point conversion to make it 14-6.
“Offensively, I thought we played better than we did last week,” Fossett said. “It is still some things we have to work on and things we have to get better at. We have to change our mentality and get a little tougher mentally upfront and get after mentally so we can run the ball a little bit more. Our quarterback puts us in good situations and can throw a good ball. We have receivers that can go get it. We can really be a double threat offensively if we can get all together.”
The B.B.Comer offense struggled to get the chains moving after the first quarter. The guys in black and gold only had three first downs combined in the second and third quarter.
“It was a tough game for us,” B.B. Comer head coach Anthony Jacks said. “I was proud of the way our kids played . I wouldn’t trade my kids for anybody. They are going to fight hard and you could tell they left it all out there. We had our opportunities we just have to capitalize on them. They made a good pass and catch that we had good coverage on. They made a good play and burnt us deep. That took the wind out of our sails a little bit.”
Cramps and getting a few key players banged up also played a factor in B.B. Comer’s struggles on offense. B.B.Comer saw both their tailback and fullback come off the field with cramps or injuries in the third quarter. Jackson didn’t return to the game with what Jacks called a nagging knee injury.
“Not having Daniel Caldwell kind of hurts us,” Jacks said. “He is the only one right now that is a true tailback. He was never 100 percent, he was a game time decision to go. We just pulled him on out. Losing him started the depth, so we had to move other people around and we don’t have the numbers to do that. We have three seniors and we don’t have a lot of veteran players that we can plug in and put at different places where they will know what to do. That is just the struggles we are going to have this year. We are going to have to deal with it and be able to handle that.”
The Childersburg duo of Lightsey and Bradley found pay dirt again in the third quarter. Lightsey went a perfect bomb to Bradley for an 85-yard touchdown catch and up. Bradley had three receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns for the game.
“He (Lightsey) stepped up in the pocket and under threw me,” Bradley said. “I came back to the ball. I juggled it so I told myself I had to get it. I reached up, pulled it down and went home with it.”
Childersburg put the game away in the fourth. The Tigers put a 60-yard drive together for a touchdown. Lightsey hooked up with Courtney Reynolds for 21 yards to open the drive. Tim Tiley did the rest for Childersburg. The bruising sophomore running back put together runs of 18 and 12 yards. He capped off the drive by breaking through the B.B. Comer defenders for a 6-yard touchdown run.
B.B. Comer travels to take on Montevallo in its region opener next Friday at 7 p.m.
Childersburg host Beulah in their region opener next Friday at 7 p.m.